I'm Going Off To Roehl 'cause I Need To Train!

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It sounds like SUCH A LONG TIME!!! uuuuggghhhh!!! I'm thankful for the extra time to get myself together, but boy is it boring after class. Ah well.

Have a great night, everyone!!! Do something fun. Get some enjoyment out of life! Grab the proverbial bull by it's figurative horns.

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EllieMae, If you come to the Marshfield location on may 6th, look for the scrawny bald guy in the funny hat and yellow hoodie. Hoody? Hūdē. Hootie and the Blowfish? I dunno. But that's me.

I'll keep an eye out! Unless things change I should be coming out to the Marshfield location. I thought that was there only location in Wisconsin. It was the only one mentioned to me. But we'll see! I'm excited and have been taking the time to build up strength (cause those tarps man!), watch as many videos as I can on learning how to shift and going over the pro-trump inspection. :-)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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EllieMae, If you come to the Marshfield location on may 6th, look for the scrawny bald guy in the funny hat and yellow hoodie. Hoody? Hūdē. Hootie and the Blowfish? I dunno. But that's me.

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I'll keep an eye out! Unless things change I should be coming out to the Marshfield location. I thought that was there only location in Wisconsin. It was the only one mentioned to me. But we'll see! I'm excited and have been taking the time to build up strength (cause those tarps man!), watch as many videos as I can on learning how to shift and going over the pre-trip inspection. :-)

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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The pre-trip in Wisconsin is quite simple. You'll get it. Roehl also has a location in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Roehl also has a location in Appleton, Wisconsin

they use Fox River Technical College for that one dont they?

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Here's the skinny on that from those in the know.

Appleton gets about 12 students weekly and is running short of instructors at the moment. They have a deal with the tech school to take the overflow.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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The rest of my classmates are testing. One has failed. She will be retesting on Tuesday. One of our instructors took a drop and hook out of Gary. I'm getting no drive time. Sadly, all this down time is really dragging my mood down. I try to keep positive, but dang...

Ah well, I hope all of you have a great day today and get some good loads. Drive safely out there: my family's on the roads today.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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The results are in: I have three classmates who will be retesting next week for various reasons. I have learned that I'll be testing next Friday in a Freightliner. I have been in an International for my entire training. Today I got to drive a Freightliner. I enjoyed it! A different beast, but not a bad experience. The shift pattern is more "tight" than the International. Also, the brakes seem easier to apply smoothly (to my amateur feeling, anyway...)

All in all I think it will be good.

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It sounds like retesting is a kind of common thing to happen. Which makes me feel a bit better cause I most likely will have to retake mine. Because that's my luck and tests have NEVER come easy for me. Lol. Anyway that's a ways a away. I start orientation in the morning! 😎😅 Reminding myself to breath, I want to scream with excitement tho.

Good luck on your upcoming test! Keep us all updated! I've heard people compare a International to a Freightliner and it honestly reminds me of listening to people argue what's better Fords or Chevys. Lol. But that's my opinion, I'm also still learning what the heck I'm talking about. Lol Either way it sounds like you got this!!

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Today's drive was much improved. My downshifting was better. I need to improve my 7th and 8th gear "spacial recognition". I'm just not used to how close together they are. It IS coming together, though.

I think that if I drove for the test the way I drove today, I would pass. Continue learning, practicing, and perfecting the techniques I know. Get used to the shift points and patterns. Worry less, drive more.

EllieMae, you have a great set of instructors. I know this because they're the same ones I had. Those three will teach you all you need to know and have you prepared for testing. Concentrate on the book first. Get it done and out of the way as quickly as possible. Try the apple grape salad.

That's today's update. I hope y'all had a great weekend and enjoy today. I know it's Monday, but that's ok: we can get through it together!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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